Wow. I don't even know where to begin talking about how many parts of this post I identify with. Not all, to be sure, but most. I am finally back to the point where I am reading stuff that is so challenging I almost don't like it, but I really do, I just need to remember that not all books can be read in under 24 hours, and indeed most should not be. I love knitting too, but I agree. If I had to choose, books would win. I sometimes think I blog more about knitting than about books because blogging about books is almost like blogging about my teeth. Like reading is so much a part of my existence that I don't think I have anything interesting to say about it. From the deepest places in my mind and heart, thank you for this post.
I did something similar after college, and I confess I still haven't bounced back. :) How messed up is that a literature degree caused us to stop reading literature? Oh well. This comment could get back to the vein about the funnies--I am not always sure where, and more importantly WHY to draw that line.
Anyway, I would say Jamie Hutchinson, but he wouldn't be that pretentious. Bernie Rodgers? Shudder. But how could you have taken a class with Bernie and then MAJORED in it? Ugh.
Kat, I love this post. It's a rare delight when a person can recognize what works for them, and can express it so well.
I'm not sure I'd be much concerned over exactly why words are so important to you (I say "words" rather than "reading" because I know you explore the art from the side of producing as well as appreciating it). The eternal quest for what makes words so special is itself a part of why you enjoy them.
Half the battle in life is figuring out what's important to you, what makes you tick. You're well on your way. :)